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Man arrested in Eau Claire for ‘Capitol violence’ charged, not allowed back in DC

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Kevin Daniel Loftus
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Loftus in red hat on WQOW video from Derrick Van Orden event on Sept. 20, 2020
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(WQOW) - A man arrested in Eau Claire for his alleged involvement in "violence at the U.S. Capitol" was in front of a federal judge on Tuesday afternoon.

According to the United States Department of Justice, Kevin Daniel Loftus was arrested in Eau Claire on Tuesday.

He is being charged with two misdemeanors; entering a restricted building and unlawful activity including demonstrating in a Capitol building

He made his first appearance in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen L. Crocker on Tuesday where a number of release conditions were set.

Prosecutors said keeping him out of Washington next week for Joe Biden's inauguration is a concern.

So, Loftus is not allowed to travel outside of Chippewa or Eau Claire counties, unless he needs to go to Madison for a court appearance on Friday at noon. The judge said if technology allows, Loftus can make his next appearance from Eau Claire County, otherwise he will need to go to Madison.

Loftus is not to consume alcohol or possess a gun. Prosecutors said he has a history of DWIs.

His attorney Peter Moyers did not object to any of the conditions.

Loftus, who was handcuffed, spoke only three words “Yes, your honor” when Judge Stephen Crocker spoke directly to him.

Once Loftus signs his release order he will be released, which is expected to be on Tuesday.

Judge Crocker explained the risk of breaking his conditions.

"If you screw up, I will detain you," Crocker said, to which Loftus nodded.

The prosecutor and the judge did discuss putting Loftus on electronic monitoring before next week's inaguration. That will be discussed at his next virtual court appearance.

Clint Berge

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